Disney and Lucasfilms is already looking ahead to map out the future of the Star Wars franchise and they announced some very exciting news today. Rian Johnson, director of Looper, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and this December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been chose to helm a new trilogy for the galaxy far, far away. The focus will be to "introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored" and will most likely arrive after episode 9. This also makes sense seeing as J.J. Abrams is returning to the franchise to direct the final film of the trilogy. While it will hard to say goodbye to Luke and company, Star Wars has a vast array of canonical stories and characters they can use for their future films. Honestly, this news is nothing short of exciting and absolutely the best direction for Star Wars to head.
Despite the divisive reaction from the announced reshoots, we're inching closer and closer to Decembers Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, and a behind the scenes video shows a different tone from the previously released trailer, which may restore some hope for fans worried about the upcoming winter release. Take a look at some of the new characters, locations and troopers you'll see in the exclusive behind the scenes look of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Most of us joined the million of fans last December who ran frantically to see J.J. Abram's Star Wars: The Force Awakens but between that film and the next in the series will be the first spin off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a new rumor has it the movie did not test well. According to various sources (first reported by Dailymail) the movie did not impress internally at Disney, thus leading to the order of weeks of reshoots. Other rumors are conflicting the claim that the film was expecting reshoots throughout the summer to prepare for its December 16th release. There were also claims that the spin off movie needed to meet the quality of Abrams film. While Rogue One serves as a prequel to the entire Star Wars series, it's hard to imagine that it could generate the massive 2.6 billion box office gross The Force Awakens managed to pull by the end of it's run. There have also been lots of rumors swirling with director Gareth Edwards conflicting vision with the Disney team, which doesn't sound too far off from plausible. The director recently dropped out of Godzilla 2 to allegedly focus on smaller films. The cards were stacked against Rogue One from the start and due to it not being in canon with the main story line that's continuing with Star Wars episode 8, it's hard to believe that Rogue One will come close to the same level of box office blowout. Hopefully we won't have to worry about this film when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts December 16th.
Unless you've been living in a galaxy far, far away, you know that today is Star Wars day. That day where fans, fanatics, wookies and studios come together to celebrate one of the biggest franchises in film history and this year has brought us some exciting news! Developer Respawn, the team that created Titanfall, announced that they have begun development on a new 3D Star Wars title with the former director of the God of War series, Stig Asmussen. A brand new line of lightsabers will be coming out that'll cost a cool $550. The replicas are said to be "dual worthy, accurate," and much closer to actual movie quality. They'll come with an array of customizable parts as well as for Star Wars fans looking to create the perfect saber! Wired has put up an amazing collection of must see videos for star wars fans as well today, perfectly capturing the mood for super fans or casual fans who want to know more about a break dancing stormtrooper or the lovable BB8. Also, in a big surprise for fans, the collaboration between JJ Abrams and Hamilton star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, title "Jabba Flow," was released onto itunes today. For those who don't know, the song was featured in the scene during Maz's cantina. May the 4th be with you and stay excited as we look toward more Star Wars games and Rogue One this December!
Between the canonical Star Wars trilogy lands the brand new Star War's anthology and this morning we were surprised with a teaser at the first one, Star Wars: Rogue One. The story takes places prior to the event of a new hope as a group of pilots try to stop the death star. The trailer is ominous and teases a lot of action. Take a look at Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen and more in the brand new teaser below!
After a lot of searching, it looks like Disney is quickly approaching their decision on who will be playing a young Han Solo. If you're confused at who you're looking at you might not be alone but allow me to give you a little bit of info on who's up for the coveted role. First is Alden Ehrenreich who stole the show in the latest Coen brother's film, Hail, Caesar as the western actor Hobbie Doyle. He also starred in a handful of indie flicks like the horror movie Stoker, Blue Jasmine and 2013's Beautiful Creatures which didn't manage to take off at the box offices as expected. In the center if Transformers: Age of Extinction's Jack Reynor. The relatively new actor is scheduled to return for the next Transformers film as well. The last, over to the right, is Taron Egerton, star of The Kingsmen as well as the 80s sports biopic Eddie The Eagle and is probably the most recognizable of the three. While Egerton is probably the most in demand actor, Ehrenreich's performance was nothing short of spectacular in Hail, Caesar and is certainly not one to be looked over. While we're all aware that the Star Wars projects are about as air tight when it comes to secrets as the Marvel franchise films, we shouldn't rule out some of the names we've heard in circulation but this is the current rumor as of right now.
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Episode 7 is still making it's impressive run in theaters across the globe and all eyes are on the sequel but it looks like a shakeup in scheduling sent the internet into a frenzy this week when Disney announced a delay for Star Wars episode 8. The upcoming sequel, led by new director Rian Johnson, has been pushed back from it's original release date of May 26th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017. While not a big move, it seems like the best one considering how successful The Force Awakens has been over the holiday season obliterating records and the first of a series of spin off films, Star Wars: Rogue One is also set for another December release coming this December 16th, 2016. In it's former place, the next installment in the Pirate franchise, Pirates of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is taking it's beginning of the summer slot. In all honesty, Pirates feels a lot more like a summer blockbuster than Star Wars does so I'm glad for the move and a little time might be good to perfect the film that's script made JJ Abrams regret not sitting behind the directors chair for a second film.
The next Star Wars spin off film is moving forward and there's apparently a short of actors who might take on the role of an iconic Star Wars hero. According to Variety, a small handful from the 2500 actors who reportedly auditioned for the role have been selected including Fantastic 4 and Whiplash Star, Miles Teller, Divergent series Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Macbeth star Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. While the film is just a year from star date, it wouldn't be surprising if we here more names thrown into the mix and others removed before Disney makes their final decision. While it's hard to imagine anyone occupying one of Harrison Ford's most popular roles, Miles Teller or Logan Lerman (the latter of whom was apparently over looked for Marvel's new Spiderman) would be interesting in the role of the young bounty hunter. Disney could always go forward with a lesser known actor all together but until we know for sure, we'll just have to speculate with the names we have now.
You really can't doubt the power of the force! EA's Star Wars: Battlefront was released on multiple platforms less than two months ago but it's already managed to move an incredible about of units. According to Michael Patcher, a Wedbush securities analyst, the game managed to close out the year at 12 million copies sold, 6 million in November and December. This is even a bit more surprising considering Game Stop executive Tony Bartel spoke about the title back in December saying that "we had high expectations that diminished somewhat as it got closer and failed to hit those lower expectations." This lead to a response from the CFO of Gamestop correcting the prior comments as well as the COO of EA Peter Moore who was "surprised" with the comments made, stating that they were indeed on track to pull in their end goal of 13 million units by the end of the fiscal year in March. Fortunately for EA, it looks very likely that they'll get that last 1 million over the next 3 months if not far surpass their original projections but it looks like Star Wars: Battlefront will be a big pay off for the developer.
Monday is quickly approaching and if you're a Starwars fan, it looks like you'll have a lot to be happy about. Aside from the release of the theatrical poster (seen above) for The Force Awakens, it looks like tomorrow we'll be getting a new trailer as well as the first sale of tickets (which are no doubt going to go fast). Make sure you keep an eye out and get ready for what might end up being the biggest opening of the year.